Going Blonde with Great Lengths

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Hey there, blondie!

You may have spotted me looking distinctly lighter in recent posts – about a week ago I ditched the brunette and went blonde. Yahoo!

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Jumper, Topshop | Long-sleeve tee, Primark | Earrings, c/o Anna Lou of London | Lips, Topshop’s Rio Rio

Although it seems like a huge change, it’s not actually that big a deal for anyone who’s known me longer than 4 years, which is when I started colouring my naturally blonde hair brown. See? I loved being a brunette but I was struggling with the reverse-ombre regrowth and brassy golden tones that come with dying light hair darker. So, armed with a photo of Amanda Seyfried I headed off to Russell Eaton, my salon in Leeds, ready to brighten up my life.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a little while you’ll know my long locks are due to Great Lengths bonded extensions, which I wrote about here. My last set lasted an impressive 5 months before they were ready to come out, and after a consultation with my amazing hairdresser Jess we decided on a new shade.

I had two appointments – the first was to remove my brunette extensions, colour my own hair and match up my new blonde extensions. Jess chose three blonde shades to ensure a perfect, natural match to my own hair. At my second appointment, the new extensions were bonded to my hair and everything was chopped and styled.

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I went for a very subtle ombre effect that’s darker at the roots and lighten on the ends, which should minimise regrowth and keep my hair looking natural. I absolutely adore the colour – so creamy and flattering on my pale skin. I also went for slightly longer extensions this time round and love the thicker, fuller look. As always, I’m majorly impressed by the quality and ease of Great Lengths extensions, particularly for a dramatic colour change. They add so much life and oomph to my fine hair – I don’t think I could ever be without them!

Life as a blonde so far is great – I’ve rediscovered my love of orange-red lipstick and bright yellow clothing, and I’m channeling Gwen Stefani with cat-eye liner and 40s waves. Going back to a more natural colour is definitely more flattering… give me a few more weeks and I’ll let you know if blondes really do have more fun!

What do you think – is the new hair a winner?

I received 20% off my hair extensions thanks to the lovely folk at the fabulous Great Lengths


Heather Bristow

Looks fab, Jen. I’ve loved all the changes but love the blonde on you the best!

Panty Buns

Going blonde with extensions gives you a very different look. I love the way you accented your hair colour with your yellow Topshop short sleeve knitted jumper and pretty earrings from Anna Lou of London. I hadn’t put my imagination to use imagining fashion and beauty bloggers in different hairstyles and colours and I’m wondering why not? So many celebrities change their hair colour and have used extensions and wigs too (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, Lady Gaga an many more). Your new hairstyle and colour looks pretty.


Claire Booth

ooh love the blonde, I recently went super red but sadly my blonde hair doesn’t really like the dye so its starting to fade 🙁 I suppose I’ll just have to pick a new colour!
Those extensions look amazing I always long to have long hair but my fine locks just do not behave well once they are longer than chin length – split end central! Might have to invest in some extensions especially for when we get married next year! Cx


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